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  • Save The Date:   
    Baptism Sunday - August 17th
    At the Eaton Rapids Holiness Campgrounds
    Worship Service at 10:45 with Baptisms at 12:00pm
    Picnic follows.
  • Prayer Chain
    Would you like to join our phone prayer chain? Please contact Lynn Mayes at 517-525-5629
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Latest Sermon:    Pastor Scott - Baptism Sunday        August 17th, 2014  OutlineDownload Now

Sermons

We provide an archive of past sermons to help fully devoted followers of Christ grow in their faith on verse at a time. "It means to preach the Bible in such a way, that the meaning of the Bibile passage is presented entirely and exactly as it was intended by God. That's the challenge - the divine Word coming through the preacher." John MacArthur 

Prayer Requests

Church members of First Baptist Church surround our pastor with daily and weekly prayer. Each Sunday they gather in the pastor’s office to pray during the worship service. They pray for the prayer cards turned into the offering plate that week and they pray for the people and the pastor while the Word of God is being proclaimed.

Legacy - 50's

A vibrant ministry for those who are 50 and older at First Baptist Church. 

Legacy meets on the second Saturday of each month at 6 pm at the church. 

Here is the information on the upcoming Legacy meeting.

Calendar

To keep up with all the planned events at First Baptist Church of Eaton Rapids check the church calendar here

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  • History

    The Lord called a small number of the early pioneers in Eaton Rapids, Michigan to start a Baptist church in 1845.  They named the church "First Baptist Church of Eaton Rapids."  Currently we are unaffiliated with any denomination but retain our Baptist heritage, theology and church polity.

     

    Polity

    Under the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the Word of God, the congregation is the final authority within this local church.  The congregation governs itself through a council of elders and a board of deacons, both of which are elected by the congregation.

     

    Doctrine

    Our church members adhere to an affirmation of faith found HERE in our church membership covenant.

         

    Preaching

    Our pastor's preaching has the theological distinction of being solidly reformed.  He teaches God's Word in an expository manner going verse by verse through the entire Scripture.  The messages are available HERE

  • Pastor Scott

    Pastor Scott grew up in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. He went to Fargo, North Dakota to attend North Dakota State University with no intentions of ever being a pastor. While getting his B.A. he met his wife, Marcie who was from New Jersey.

     

    After graduation they joined the full-time staff of CRU and worked with their high school ministry for five years in the northwest suburbs of Twin Cities. While on CRU staff they became members of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, MN. Under the ministry of Pastor John Piper they grew to love the doctrines of grace and felt a strong call to transition to youth ministry in a local church.

     

    Scott became the youth pastor at Bloomington Baptist Church in Bloomington, MN where they served for five years of fruitful ministry. In 1998 First Baptist Church of Eaton Rapids extended a call for Scott to become their senior pastor. Scott and Marcie have two adult daughters

  • Worship Music

    All our public worship services are blended in style because we love and seek to develop fully devoted followers of Christ among all the generations in our town.

     

    We sing both hymns and contemporary songs and the instruments that accompany our vocalists are both traditional (piano/organ) and modern (drums/guitar). But that is not our main concern. Our focus is on the God we worship and the truths we sing to and about that God who has revealed Himself in the Bible.

     

    We have found great value in having our children as a part of our song service so they learn the great songs of faith from the oldest generations in our church. It is precious to the older adults in our church to see their grandchildren and great-grandchildren sing these cherished hymns are full of sound doctrine and fond memories.

     

    Likewise we have found that it has encouraged the younger generations to worship alongside the older generations as they sing contemporary songs that teach Scriptural truth while being accompanied by drums and a guitar.

     

    The most important question to answer before the Lord is this: Does our musical worship please the Lord? He is our audience and the congregation is His worship team.

  • The children the Lord has given us are one of His most precious gifts.  We love and serve and train the children who come to First Baptist Church.  The primary place of raising children is the home.  We see our role as supplementing what the spiritual instruction children receive in their homes.  

     
    We also realize that many children do not come from Christian homes so we seek to be a safe place where they can hear the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ.  Our hope is that the Lord will use us to pass on a legacy of faith to the children who attend the church.
     
    The children are a part of our Sunday morning worship service.  Some of the children are dismissed to a age appropriate children's ministry at the mid-point of the service.  Anyone who works as a volunteer with children undergoes a background check to ensure the safety of all the children.   
     
    Our hope is to instruct the mind, engage the heart, and nurture the faith of the next generation.
    We urgently call those who raise the children to encourage faith in the next generation, through biblical teaching of the word, recognizing that faith is a work of God in the heart
  • Jam

    JaM stands for Jesus and Me.  It is for students who are in 4th-6th grade.  Every Monday at 6 pm they meet at the church during the school year.  They have fun and yet they have a time of serious Bible study and discussion.  Most of the students who attend JaM do not have parents you attend the church.  It is an excellent outreach program which focuses on learning the Word of God.

     

    Youth Group

    It is for students who are in 7th-12th grade.  They meet every Sunday at 6 pm at the church during the school year and they meet twice a month during the summer months in people's homes.  They share a meal together and have an fun activity for the first half of the meeting, then they break into two groups for the teaching time.  7th-8th grade has their own Bible teaching time and 9th-12th grade has their own Bible teaching time.  The youth group also does numerous service projects and weekend retreats.

     

    Bible Studies

    There is a weekly Bible study at a local coffee shop after school for those who are in 7th-12th grade.  The girls meet every Tuesday from 3-4 pm and the guys meet every Thursday from 3-4 pm.  Many of the students who attend do not go to First Baptist Church but have found a place where they can grow in their knowledge of God's Truth.

     

    All of our youth ministry programs are lead by trusted adult volunteers who have undergone a background check.

  • The Lord has blessed First Baptist Church with a healthy intergenerational mix. Our seniors are a gift from God whom we honor for having borne the image of God for many years and for their service in the Kingdom of God. They are leaving legacy of faith for the younger generations to carry on as they follow Christ in their footsteps.

     

    They love the children of the church and find much encouragement and hope in the Lord's work of which they are an important part.

     

    Legacy

    This is an active group in First Baptist Church for those who are over 50 years old. They the 2nd Saturday of each month at the church. A meal is shared together and there is a special program. Strong relationships are formed and strengthened between those who attend. If you would like to know more about Legacy go HERE and if you want to be added to the Legacy email list go This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • May 25th, 2014

     

    9:30 am Adult Sunday School Classes

    "Becoming a woman who listens to God" Christina Yoder (Room 1)

    "Foundations of the Christian Faith" Pastor Scott (Fellowship Hall)

    "Beloved Disciple" Ruth Clarke (Room 14)

     

    9:30 am Children and Youth Sunday School Classes

    Infants  Tami Hankey (Room 9)

    Toddlers (2yrs - 4yrs) Carleen Peters (Room 8)

    4yrs - 4th  Lori Kirkland, Renee Etheridge, Naomi McClurg (Rooms 4-5)

    5th - 6th  Marcie Boles (Room 6)

    7th - 12th  Brad Coontz (Room 15)

     

    10:45 am Children's Ministries

    Infants  Amanda Mayes (Room 9)

    Toddlers (2yrs - 4yrs)  Cindy Alling, Madelyn Kidder (Room 8)

    4yrs - K  Kelly Pekrul, Robby Morgan (Rooms 2-3)

    1st - 3rd  Julie Teceno, DeWayne Yoder (Rooms 4-5)

     

News Update

Family Camping Weekend 2014

September 12 & 13
Shady Green Pastures Bible Camp
5841 W. Gresham Hwy, Charlotte, Mich.
Enjoy a weekend of fellowship with your church family. Reserve your campsite today! By donation only. This campground supported by gifts and offerings. Bunk houses also available: six that sleep 4 and two that sleep 8. Reserve ahead of time — first come, first serve.
Swimming-Fishing-Lots of wildlife-Recreational activities-Quiet and relaxing setting-Chapel by the lake
Campsites with electrical hook-up and modern restrooms
Not able to camp? Join us for our Saturday PICNIC at 2 pm.
Bring a dish to pass and enjoy the surroundings!

 

Sign up sheet in Lobby. For more information call Cindy Alling at 896-7325 or the church office.

 

Creation vs. Evolution

There will be a Saturday class starting September 20th that runs for 7 weeks. The topic of Creation vs. Evolution will be covered in depth each week. Please read the attached for in-depth information about the class.

 

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Weekly Programs

Sunday:

Youth Group (7th-12th grade) 6-8pm (Every other week during the summer)

Wednesday:

Prayer Meeting  7pm

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